Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 25

by KFFL Staff on February 27, 2013 @ 10:30:49 PDT


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1) Andrew Cashner, SP, San Diego Padres

Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

He's a health risk, and continuing his transition from reliever to starter adds further risk as well, but his huge heater, pitcher-friendly ballpark, and his ability to induce groundballs at a high rate make him a breakout candidate.

Texas Rangers OF Leonys Martin
Martin a flier

2) Tyler Colvin, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies

Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

One day the Rockies will get wise and give Colvin 550 AB. I'm hopeful that will finally happen in 2013!

3) Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

Not that far away from being someone of note. He was one of nine outfielders to go .288-6-60-63-12 last season.

4) Leonys Martin, OF, Texas Rangers

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

Martin enters spring training battling Craig Gentry for the starting CF job but is the far better offensive player. If he secures the full-time job, there's 20-20 upside in this bat.

5) Chris Iannetta, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I wanted a third catcher with Brian McCann on my roster. The pick came down to Iannetta and Rob Brantly. I took Iannetta because I like his power potential more, something I feel my team lacks a bit.

6) Jeff Keppinger, 1B/2B/3B, Chicago White Sox

Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster

In continuing to build my bench, having players with multiple position eligibility was a priority. I was very pleased to grab Keppinger here because he is projected to be the White Sox starting third baseman after signing a three-year deal with Chicago. Plus, Keppinger qualifies at all infield positions except shortstop, which is great flexibility to have.

7) Sergio Santos, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster

I really wanted to take another power-speed guy in Chris Young, but since I invested in Jays closer Casey Janssen as my second closer, I needed to add Santos in case Janssen's shoulder isn't 100 percent.

8) Rob Brantly, C, Miami Marlins

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

Here's hoping Brantly can serve as that bridge to Grandal; batting order is very important to me and this late in the draft all I'm looking for is a catcher that should avoid the dreaded 8 hole. All signs point to Brantly being able to do that; one early-season hot streak and he will have fulfilled his role.

9) Chris B. Young, OF, Oakland Athletics

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Moment of pick: Nice depth OF with power-speed combo that could rotate with Lorenzo Cain and Drew Stubbs. About half an hour later: Thank goodness I took him because Curtis Granderson, my third-rounder, just fractured his forearm and is out until at least May.... Gotta love slow drafts.

10) Jon Jay, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

One of the reasons I was willing to wait on my fifth outfielder was some confidence in Jay, although I gambled that he'd be available this late. I'm a believer in our valuation of Jay, primarily because of his role on a good team and his proven ability to hit left-handers deftly. If it weren't for an injury last season, he'd be close to a mid-round mixed pick in 2013, I think.

11) Peter Bourjos, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Yes, the Angels outfield could be a little crowded, and yes, Mike Scioscia has a knack for killing the fantasy value of his players, but if Bourjos does get the full opportunity and plays up to his potential, he could end up being a great source of runs and cheap stolen bases.

12) Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

The injury paranoia is so pervasive this year that Buchholz, who was reported having a minor ailment, was still available in Round 25. Steal of the draft, IMHO.

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